Tour Buzz: Cheech and Chong, Christina Perri, Jeff Bridges and the Abiders

Cheech & Chong perform with WAR

Cheech & Chong perform with WAR at—where else?—the Joint, May 16

Why Can’t Weed Be Friends?

Do you like getting funked up? The idea of pairing Cheech & Chong and WAR sounds like a match made in stoner heaven. On one hand, you’ve got a string of hits by multiplatinum artists WAR (“The Cisco Kid,” “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”). On the other hand, you’ve got music (“Basketball Jones,” “Me and My Old Lady”) and humor (“Earache My Eye,” “Sister Mary Elephant”) from a pair of comedy legends. Now put those hands together and clap because it’s 1975 all over again, and isn’t that far out and solid and right on? Cheech & Chong and WAR play The Joint (the perfect venue!) on May 16 ($40-$75).

On Top of the World, Darling

Christina Perri didn’t even have a record deal when her song “Jar of Hearts” premiered on So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. It went on to become a worldwide smash, and the tattooed singer from Philadelphia scored another huge hit with “A Thousand Years” on the Breaking Dawn – Part 1 soundtrack. Perri’s second album, Head or Heart, dropped last month with a couple of likely hits, including “Be My Forever,” a duet with Ed Sheeran. Christina Perri plays House of Blues on May 16 ($22) with Birdy, who does an excellent version of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.”

On Sale Now

Jeff Bridges brought home an Oscar for his portrayal of Otis “Bad” Blake, a faded country-western singer in Crazy Hearts (2009), but The Big Lebowski star is actually an accomplished musician who has played since he was a teenager. I don’t think I’m alone when I say I dig this dude’s style. Jeff Bridges and the Abiders perform at Red Rock Resort on June 20-21 ($58-$80).



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